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Queer Forest Bathing Retreat w/ Toadstool Walks - Vermont

Join Travis and Tam for a long weekend of nature connection this Fall in Vermont!  Fall is a time of transition and the foliage of New England offers an colorful array of examples and metaphors for letting go and embracing change.  Taking time to hit the reset button by slowing down in a natural setting can not only reduce stress and lower cortisol levels but it can also increase overall energy and well being.  

Tam Willey of Toadstool Walks is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide from Boston, Massachusetts.  Toadstool Walks offer slow-paced guided wanderings that promote wellness through a series of gentle sensory-opening invitations that welcome us to notice more of our natural surroundings. This is a practice inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, a term coined in Japan in the 1980’s, which translates to Forest Bathing and is a prominent feature of preventative medicine and healing in Japan.  From increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses, there has been extensive research demonstrating what can happen when we relax, unplug and open our senses to the natural world in community.  Forest Therapy is part of a global effort to tend to the stressful conditions of living in modern industrialized civilization.  Toadstool Walks offer support in finding one’s own way towards experiencing belonging to the natural world. To learn more about Tam, check out

This is a chance to relax, restore, rejuvenate, recharge, heal, connect and recollect, whether that means unplugging for a bit, sleeping in or taking more time to rest, relax, journal, socialize, or just being, this retreat is intended to hold space for that.  There will be a daily schedule of offerings, all of which are optional.

This is an ALL-INCLUSIVE Retreat.

  • Home Cooked Vegetarian/Vegan Meals and Snacks (Starting with dinner on Friday and ending with brunch on Monday)

  • Daily Forest Bathing Programming with Tam of Toadstool Walks.

  • Additional Optional Activities: hiking, listening to records and relaxing in our retro retreat center, evening storytelling, journaling, downtime, stargazing and more.

  • Your own bed in a shared bunk room.

All you have to bring is you, exactly as you are.

Space is limited to 10.  

Meeting Location: Waitsfield, Vermont
Start Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Meeting Time: 5-6pm
End Date: Monday, October 15, 2018
End Time: 10am
Price: $425 before Sept. 15, $475 after Sept. 15
Closest Airports: Burlington International Airport (BTV) or Manchester/Boston Regional Airport (MHT)

About Forest Bathing:

Forest Bathing is a facilitated therapeutic experience that combines leisurely walking, sitting, and observation in a forested or natural area. Its a chance to unplug, slow down, relax and deepen our connection with nature which often results in lowered stress related symptoms and an overall sense of wellbeing.

A Forest Bathing walk is typically 2-3 hours long and participants are guided through a standard sequence of gentle sensory- opening invitations that welcome us to notice and absorb more of our natural surroundings. There is a beginning and an end and what happens in between depends on the invitations that are offered. It might be anything from sky gazing to spending an extended period of time with a particular tree. Some invitations are done in pairs, some are done in solitude. In between the various invitations, there are facilitated opportunities to share as a group along the way. The invitations and the sharing are all merely suggestions and ultimately everything that happens on the walk is open to interpretation. There is no wrong way to do it. Forest Bathing can be modified to suit any person or situation. There is no fitness requirement or special gear needed.

Forest Bathing is inspired by Shinrin-Yoku, a term coined in Japan in the 1980’s. There has been years of research and studies done demonstrating how the practice is an effective form of preventative healthcare and treatment for many stress-related illnesses. There is a long list of proven health benefits from increased cerebral blood flow to stronger immune defenses.